Mark walked around the garden yesterday snapping photos to help us remember what a nice December we've enjoyed this year. Usually at this time of year we only get to see the tops of evergreen trees; shrubs are usually soft white mounds if they are visible at all.
The litte bit of grass we have in the garden is squashed down from earlier snowfalls and is a shadow of its normal color. But moss just glows when the snow disappears. Its lush color is never more welcome than now.
Lichens are in full "bloom" with the cool damp weather we've had for most of December.
One of my favorite vignettes in the garden is this pairing of cut and natural stone, each sporting green.
There are even a few plants still looking good despite the freeze/thaw cycles they've been through — as well as being buried under the 8.6 inches of snow we've had so far this season. This is hardy bamboo (Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda'). This died to the ground after last winter but came back slowly over the summer, though it's still a fraction of its normal height.
Christmas fern is pretty flat but still offers a spot of bright color.
Two Hellebores. The larger one flowered before Thanksgiving.
And Epimedium looking perky no matter the season!